My Fellow Utahns,

With the government shutdown continuing into a fourth week, it’s apparent to all Americans that issues surrounding immigration and the southern border are simply too important to ignore. Understandably, this issue is dominating the news cycle with coverage not only of those seeking asylum, and caravans of people fleeing poor economies, but there’s also coverage of MS13 gang members attempting to bring violence here, human trafficking, drug smuggling, etc…

President Trump has repeatedly stated these issues aren’t new. For the past few decades there have been countless debates, but it has not progressed to any lasting actions. In his first address to the Nation from the Oval Office, President Trump laid out his vision that America’s national security is directly tied to border security.  He has put together a comprehensive border security plan that includes more than just a new section of a physical border barrier. In case you missed his 10 minute address, you can watch it here: President Trump’s Border Security address

The Washington Post published an article praising the President for his “cogent explanation of why he believes we face what he called ‘a humanitarian crisis — a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul’ along our southern border.”  Further, the Washington Post criticized Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Speaker Pelosi’s rebuttal as coming “across as small and intransigent.”

You can read the article here: Washington Post

Opponents to the President’s border security proposal, have fixated on the ‘wall,’ while completely missing the bigger picture of the comprehensive plan. More than just a wall, President Trump’s plan includes:

  • 75 additional immigration judges and support staff to reduce the backlog of pending immigration cases
  • President Trump will work with Congress to facilitate an expansion of in-country processing of asylum claims
  • 2,000 additional ICE personnel to enforce immigration laws, combat gang violence, and stop drug smugglers and human traffickers
  • Hiring 750 additional Border Patrol agents in order to keep our borders safe and secure.
  • $4.2 billion to support 52,000 detention beds to address the recent surge in illegal immigration
  • $800 million to fund enhanced medical support, transportation, consumable supplies, and additional temporary facilities necessary to ensure the well-being of those taken into custody
  • Funding non-Intrusive Inspection technology at U.S. Southwest Border Land Ports of Entry to improve safety and detection efficiency

National polls have shown a divide among Americans on border security, and according to a recent UtahPolicy.com poll, it appears the majority of Utahns oppose a border wall. Do you feel this is accurate?

Review the Article here: Utah Policy

Do to the importance of this issue, I would like to hear from you. I want to know what your feelings and opinions are. Do you agree with President Trump’s vision of border security?

Also, if you agree with President Trump’s vision of border security, we need your help with effective messaging. Your donations determine how effective we are at representing you. The Utah Republican Party’s purpose is to support and advance republican principles. In this we need your help, the Party runs on the generosity of our members, any contribution is appreciated.

Best regards,

Rob Anderson

Chairman